Scott McKenzie: Veteran folk singer passes away aged 73
Singer Scott McKenzie has died, aged 73.
The talented singer, born in Jacksonville, Florida, was best known for his worldwide 1967 hit single 'San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)'.
The song became an anthem for the late 1960s counterculture and hippy movements, and has featured in a number of TV shows and films including Forrest Gump.
On Sunday (August 19), McKenzie's body was found by a neighbor at his home in Los Angeles, California.
The artist had been suffering from the nervous system disease Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
"I think he had a heart attack this most recent time. He was in the hospital," neighbor Victoria Byers told BBC News. "They did not want him to leave the hospital, but he wanted to be in his house [when he died]."
McKenzie re-emerged in the 1980s by joining close friend John Phillips in a new version of The Mamas and the Papas, after dropping out of the fame spotlight in the late 1960s.
The 'San Francisco' singer also co-wrote The Beach Boys' hit single 'Kokomo'.